"Nobody wakes up and thinks: Today I'm going to join a cult."
Drama, 2 ACTS | 4M, 3F
Asha Ray is a deprogrammer. An exrtractionist. She is the last port of call for desperate people who’ve reached the limits of what law enforcement can do for them in terms of pulling loved ones out of cults. She’s considered one of the best – maybe the best – (certainly the most unflinching) with dozens of ‘recoveries’ to her credit across the Pacific Northwest. She doesn’t have a business card or an office. Her clients find her through under-the-table referrals by legal aid deputies and social workers, which means that the money (when there is any money) isn’t good – barely enough to keep beer in the fridge, and mouse traps in the cupboards of the walk-up apartment she sublets above a laundromat in the cheapest part of the East Side. Which is fine by Asha, who prefers the anonymous crush of high-density squalor to spending too much time any place folks might try to get to know her....
When a vulnerable woman disappears, Asha is asked to investigate the top suspect: a politic young man who is a rising member of the powerful and secretive organization called Luminia. With the help of retired detective Rueben Medina, Asha slips into this dangerous world, making new enemies and exposing old secrets – including a few of her own. Can Asha find the answers she needs in time to stop history repeating itself?
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
APN 2021 Alberta Playwriting Competition - Finalist
International ScreenCraft Stage Play Contest 2021 - Semi-Finalist
“The plot unravels in a fascinating way, with several convoluted twists that really suck the reader in. There’s a real cinematic feel to this script that makes it stand out above other stage scripts within this genre. Asha is a complex and compelling character who stays with the reader, long after they’ve finished the script.”
- International ScreenCraft Stage Play Contest (2021) Jury
“A tight compelling thriller with a strong female lead and a surprise ending! This play is ready for a stylish production.”
- Alberta Playwrighting Competition (2021) Jury
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